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Federica Saccia
Federica Saccia, posted on 12.12.12

The Christmas shopping madness has begun, so we thought it was about time we compiled our very own Christmas list of fantastic up-and-coming sustainable products and ideas we've had our eyes on"¦

1. Free Range Christmas Turkey and/or Goose

Use BigBarn to find your local free range turkey or goose producer.

2.  LSTN Headphones @LSTN

Not only are these headphones crafted from  up-cycled  wood but, for every pair purchased, one child with hearing loss receives medical attention and a custom fit hearing aid.   That's not all, LSTN also provide mosquito nets to help reduce malaria, one of the main causes of hearing impairment.

3. Jewellery from Saught @saught

Products created from  land-mines  and unexploded ordnance to support sustainability in post-conflict countries by Cambodian designers.   Profits are re-invested into further enabling post-conflict countries in their development efforts.

4.  Rubies in the Rubble Handmade Chutney @rubiesinrubble

In addition to sourcing all their fruit and vegetables from surplus, fresh from the market before they're discarded, they also employ people who are struggling to get back into work.   What's more, their chutney is the perfect accompaniment to Christmas leftovers, helping you join in with their waste reduction mission.

5.  Green Oil @GreenOil

Cycling enthusiasts, we introduce to you the "world's greenest bike maintenance range".   It uses only plant based and sustainably sourced ingredients, rather than petrochemicals, and is manufactured in the UK.

6. Grow-Your-Own Kits

ALLOTINABOX @allotinabox

Waiting lists for allotments are often upwards of 10 years, so in steps ALLOTINABOX.   They provide GYO boxes for people of all ages and to encourage anyone, from urban residents to kitchen gardeners, to get growing fresh food at home; no matter what space they have available.

Funghi Futures Gourmet Grower Mushroom Kit @Fungi_Futures

Waste coffee grounds and cardboard are recycled into Gourmet Mushroom Grow Kits.   This means you can easily grow your own fresh gourmet mushrooms at home, whilst also helping to recycle waste.   Fungi Futures also teach mushroom cultivation courses and are working towards establishing a network of Urban Mushroom Farms.

7. Reusables

KeepCup @KeepCup

The first barista standard reusable cup comes in four  standard takeaway sizes.  BPA free, non-toxic and made from single component materials; they are lightweight, easy to carry and have low embodied energy in manufacture.   Plus, you can design your own!

Ohyo Collapsabottle @ohyobottle

Extends to hold 500ml and fits in your pocket when empty.   Using (and reusing) Ohyo avoids the need to buy environmentally-damaging bottled water.   Ohyo is carbon neutral, BPA-free and made in Sheffield.   Go to www.findafountain.org to find a free water sources near you.

8. Upcycled Accessories

Elvis & Kresse @elvisandkresse

Re-engineer seemingly useless industrial wastes, such as fire brigade hoses and coffee sacks, to create life-style accessories.   50% of profits are donated to projects and charities related to the waste they collect.

Lost Property of London @LostPropertyLDN

Takes abandoned fabrics and transforms them into fashionable yet practical upcycled bags.

9. Footwear

Po-Zu @Po_Zu

Hailed as the "˜foot-mattress'.   These shoes are made from natural materials  that are healthy for your feet, safe for all workers in their supply chain, and kind to the environment.   All the components are stitched together, which makes their shoes more breathable, durable, repairable and recyclable.

Twins for Peace @TwinsForPeace

For every pair of shoes you purchase, Twins for Peace donates a pair of shoes to children in need.   They don't simply hand out shoes.   They work with local shoemakers in developing countries to help bolster the local economy and provide jobs for the community.

10.  Organic/Natural Products

For Men: Bulldog @bulldognatural

Grooming products packed with essential oils and other natural ingredients.   Manufactured in the UK, never tested on animals and all packaging is recyclable.   In fact, they are now trialling post-consumer recycled plastic from milk bottles in a number of their tubes.

For Women: Jo Wood Organics @jowoodorganics

Ecocert certified organic fragrance, bath and body-care range.   All packaging is recyclable.


We would love to hear what your favourite sustainable product picks are.   Comment below or tweet @ClearlySo to let us know.

For other great ideas on how to Give a Great Gift, Give Something Good or Homemade or Give an Experience or Membership head to Start.   You can also see how others are embracing a more environmentally friendly festive holiday and share your ideas at Project Dirt's Low Impact Christmas Campaign.

It's not all about the presents.   Christmas is also the perfect time of year to get involved with your community and volunteer.   Do-it and TheSite.org provide some great ideas, which include helping the homeless, Christmas carolling and Santa fun runs.

Finally, don't forget to don your best woolly Christmas jumper on Friday 14th December for Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day! #xmasjumperday

Merry Christmas from ClearlySo!


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